Man, it’s been a while since I did an actual review of something new.
Hardline first came across my radar in the spring of 92. They put out a really slick piece of Hard Rock but even though Hardline had in the band Neal Schon(who actually turned up his amp on Double Eclipse and cut his tyes at the time with the ballad guru Jon Cain) the band got caught in Cobain’s Tattered Cardigan and were snuffed out quicker than a bullet from a gun.
Too bad as Double Eclipse was a great album in which I have reviewed at this site. Nothing wrong with it. It all boiled down to timing.
Fast forward to 2020 and Hardline is back with a live album that piqued my curiosity and in doing so I checked out the songs that were on it and noticed a bunch were from debut back in 92.
01. Place To Call Home
02. Takin’ Me Down
03. Dr. Love
04. Where Will We Go From Here
05. Page Of Your Life
06. Life’s A Bitch
07. In The Hands Of Time
08. Take You Home
10. Hot Cherie
11. Fever Dreams
12. Rhythm From A Red Car
So I bought it.
Only Lead Singer Johnny Gioeli is left from the 92 version of the band. ( Original drummer Deen Castronova shows up on some tunes on this release) We all know what Schon is currently doing right? Suing members of Journey and complaining that Steve Perry won’t return his calls.
Give Gioeli credit, the players on this album are good and Johnny’s voice has stayed the same. Dude must thave looked after himself vocally which was a smart move.
If your a Canuck like me you will notice Hot Cherie from the Streetheart catalog is still played as that was from the debut.
Speaking of the debut Takin Me Down, Dr. Love, Life’s A Bitch, In The Hands of Time, Everything and my favorite from the Hardline mix Rhythm From A Red Car are all featured on Life Live so for that alone is worth the price.
The other tracks are worth the listen. All in all a decent live record.